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Traffic camera

 1:40 pm on Nov 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hi, I have had a Camera in my car recording the traffic in front of me for a while. This was used for educational purposes. Dring this time I recorded some nasty and stupid drivers. Is it illegal to post these online (Youtube etc) with the license plate fully visible?



 1:45 pm on Nov 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Depends on the country, but in general would provide fully identifiable information regarding the driver and thus be an invasion of privacy... and if posted potentially defaming. Even google blurs faces and personally identifiable information (license plates, etc.)

That said, if you'll contact the drivers of those cars and get a model release signed, you can post away! (Permission given).

Meanwhile, we really can't give legal advice...


 3:34 pm on Nov 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the fast reply. Not really sure if the driver would agree to have their traffic stupidities released. Now another question, which I can understand if people do not want to give advice about: Is there a way to track as an example a Youtube account or a website(blogsite) or similar that posts videos like the ones mentioned?


 3:37 pm on Nov 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

IANAL, but I would expect that a driver on the road has no expectation of privacy. I'm relatively certain that filming a car on the road, license plate visible, is completely legal anywhere in the USA.

As an extreme example, TMZ does this all of the time, and they most certainly do not get consent.

Google blurs plates to be a good corporate citizen, but I don't think there's any legal responsibility to do so. License plate registration databases aren't public in most jurisdictions anyway, are they?

But call a lawyer first.

and if posted potentially defaming

I don't think so. He's not falsely claiming someone did something, he's posting a picture (or video) of a car on the road.


Is there a way to track as an example a Youtube account or a website(blogsite) or similar that posts videos like the ones mentioned?

I'm not sure what you're asking. Do you want analytics around viewership of these videos? Or something else?


 4:22 pm on Nov 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

Here in Canada you cannot legally track a license plate. It has to be done by authorities (Police etc.). So posting a video of a vehicle committing a traffic violation should not be subject to prosecution. That's the common sense side of me saying that. But as we all know, common sense doesn't always rule.

My question about Youtube is basically asking that even if it would be illegal to post this kind of videos, the person posting them does not want to be found.


 7:10 pm on Nov 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

If you post anything to youtube (or anywhere else) logs are kept... and the poster can be found. If worried in that regard, don't post anything! :)

TMZ's video of people in cars are a different kind of people who have been, in courts, ruled an exception class with no expectation of privacy in public areas. The average Joe Blow is not part of that exception class. Google is blurring personal identifying marks due to suits in various countries (particularly in the EU) and over privacy concerns in the USA.


 7:30 pm on Nov 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

I guess it would be a challenge to post a video and see what happens. Not that I want to get sued, just to set a precedent.

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